A group of crafty Virginia cops used a life-sized doll to lure an alleged serial sexual offender into a hotel room to catch the creep red-handed, authorities said.
Brandon Murdock was arrested on Oct. 6 after he fell for the “decoy” and broke into a room at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Manassas, Prince William County police said in a statement.
The 31-year-old alleged offender was charged with burglary and attempted aggravated sexual assault. He was also tied to at least two previous sexual assault cases at the same location – one involving a 63-year-old woman last month and one involving two teenage girls last October. More charges were expected to be filed, and Murdock is being held without bail pending a court date.
In both previous cases, Murdock allegedly went to the hotel early in the morning, broke into a room and assaulted his sleeping victims who described waking up to a mysterious man “inappropriately” touching them, cops said.
Murdock managed to flee the scene in both instances and detectives from the Special Victims Bureau and Street Crimes Unit were surprised to catch him on their very first dummy sting operation last Thursday.
“We didn’t know if it was going to take days, weeks or months, but we were kind of, at that point, where we needed to try pretty much anything we could to get this offender off the street because we were worried that the offenses would escalate,” Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok told WTTG. “We did this operation out of luck hopefully to try and catch this person, and thankfully we did.”
Cops suspect there might be more than three victims and have asked anyone with any information to come forward.